It was a fun season for the Cleveland Browns. There were challenges. There were lots of trials and tribulations but their season came to a disastrous end. The Browns lost to the Houston Texans, 45-14 in the wild-card playoff on Saturday. CJ Stroud, the former Ohio State Buckeye, in his first season, led the Texans to a playoff victory. The Texans’ defense was vital in winning this game as well.
The Browns had everything going for them in the first half. The defense could’ve been better but they kept the game close. Everything changed when the Texans scored two unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter. Even when the Browns were trailing 24-14, Joe Flacco could still bring them back and he’s been on fire lately. Something that we didn’t expect at this point in his career.
Unfortunately, the Joe Flacco magic went away. Those two back-to-back interceptions from Flacco that resulted in the Texans touchdown sucked the energy out of the Browns and put a lid on their season. Those were costly turnovers. Confidence was shot. The Browns had no answer for the Texans. They went scoreless in the second half.
Joe Flacco finished completing 34 of his 46 passes with one touchdown and two interceptions. Running back Kareem Hunt ran for 26 yards with one touchdown.
The Browns went 7-for-15 on their down conversions and 0-for-4 on fourth down conversions. As for their running game, they only ran for 56 yards. The Browns need to get busy this off-season and figure out how to get better as a team. One thing is for sure this team needs to stay healthy.